Since the oil spill is affecting my beautiful backyard, the Gulf of Mexico, it is definitely on my mind. Since it's on the national news every day, and since President Obama is here this week, I'll bet the oil spill is on your mind, too. On behalf of my neighbors and family, I'd like to say, "Thank you" for thinking of us. This mess is not only not yet cleaned up, but the clean up hasn't even begun in most areas, so we definitely need you to keep thinking of us.
This week, Freely Educate will highlight educational finds that spotlight the areas currently affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Today, let's work on activity and coloring books!
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Here is a 24-page activity book on Mobile Bay. It includes some history of Mobile Bay along with various activities to complete and color. (note: the link opens a .pdf file)
Learn all about shrimpers in this shrimping activity and coloring book. When you show your children a picture like the one below, tell them that the shrimpers are out in the Gulf of Mexico right now, pulling along skimmers and boom instead of shrimping nets. It's sad they must give up what they love, but they are not a complaining sort. They're working 14-30 days straight out there, in the hot, hot sun, trying to clean up the Gulf so they can go shrimping again.
And finally we have a 32-page activity and coloring book on sea turtles. Our sea turtles are dear to us, as they nest each Summer on our beaches. The 5 species of sea turtles in the Gulf are endangered or threatened, so we're sad they aren't doing well in the oil spill.